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REVIEW: Conversations & Cosmopolitans by Robert Rave & Jane Rave (want my ARC?)

Description

Part Augusten Burroughs, part Robert Leleux, this is a hilarious and touching memoir written by a mother, Jane, and her son, Robert, as they navigate their new relationship together after Robert announces in a hand-written letter that he is gay.

About the Author

JANE RAVE grew up in a small Midwest town, doing all the things you do in a small town: cheerleading, band, and church activities.  She is the mother of three, grandmother of six and has been married for forty-four years.  Jane lives in Illinois.
ROBERT RAVE is the author of two novels, Spin and Waxed, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit him at facebook.com/robertraveauthor or follow him on Twitter @RobertRave.

Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312554230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312554231
SOURCE:  AUTHOR

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Robert Rave has written his memoir with the help of his mother and Jane Rave captured my heart. The first chapter opens with the letter Robert wrote his parents to tell them he is gay.  All Robert remembers is that his mother pointed out all his grammatical mistakes.  His mother remembers it quite differently, but that fact she didn't respond to the elephant in the room in a way to make him uncomfortable and instead focused more on his writing skills, which seems unintentional, but it is a mother's love that stays positive while she was distressed.  This give and take between the two is quite magical and honest. 

I can really see where Robert gets his skill for words since his mother has a very conversational tone about hers.  This book isn't really about Robert coming out, but more about the close relationship he shares with his mother and how that bond was built.  I swear there were some points when I was thankful she asked some of the things she did and Robert had such a strong relationship with her that he could answer so honestly.  There is a lot of humor woven in as well as those bittersweet moments. If you are a fan of humor-filled memoirs with a skewed look on life, then you will enjoy this one!

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